Google has now added a new feature to its Google+ service that makes your crummy smartphone videos look a bit better. Google has been automatically improving the photos you upload to Google+ and now it will also extend this feature to the videos uploaded on the social network.
The company says with the new Google+ feature, Google will automatically scan the videos you’ve taken and uploaded on Google’s Cloud and suggest a suite of edits such as lighting, color, and stability of the video. However, Google doesn’t apply the improvements to video automatically, as it does with photos. Instead, it will ask users through a banner on the desktop if they would like to preview the potential enhancements. The preview will appear as an instant low-resolution, side-by-side comparison of the original and the fixed version so you can either choose to go with the enhancement or stick to the original. That’s because Google is applying the effects in real time that takes a bit of compute power, it’s likely the only way to speed up the preview process.
You can apply these enhancements manually on Mac, Windows, Linux and Chrome OS. Open a video on the Google+ Photos desktop site, then choose More>Auto Enhance. On Android, tap the overflow menu>Auto Enhance. Currently, the new feature is not available on the Google+ app for iOS, however, should be rolled out soon.
Earlier this month, Google+ rolled out the pinned posts feature that allows you to highlight the post in the top of your page.
YouTube users might already be familiar with ‘auto-fix’ option for videos that offers a number of manual tools for changing contrast, saturation and color temperature that Google+ currently doesn’t offer.
Google rolled out the feature a few days after Facebook launched its new feature of auto-enhancing images that its users upload to its servers. Coming soon, a feature will also be able to clear up speech in your videos. The feature also improves photos and videos you have uploaded through the Auto Backup feature.